It was our passion for cross-cultural work that brought our family together. The first date that Crystal and I had was to reminisce about the times we had recently spent traveling abroad. It was exciting to find someone who didn’t think that working outside of our country was such a bad idea. And it wasn’t long into our relationship that we had spent time dreaming together about what work we might get ourselves involved in someday, and where in the world that work would take us.
To be honest, China was not that plan. We had our own ideas about what we wanted to do, and China was not even a thought that had crossed our minds. But God has a greater plan, and in our submission to that, He has poured out His blessing on our lives. That is by no means to say that life has been easy and full of pleasure. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It has been a challenge to say the least. Yet in the midst of it, God has given us the opportunity to learn about His heart, to grow in our love for each other, and to lay down our own desires for the Kingdom. And for that we are grateful.
We believe that God has work for all of us to do, as the scriptures tell us that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. As Crystal and I were talking a couple months ago, we were trying to figure out how God has gifted us, that we might be able to use that to serve others. And to be honest, we couldn’t figure out what God had gifted us with. We couldn’t think of anything that we were uniquely good at that would benefit God’s kingdom. Certainly we are okay at many things, and good at others. But we believe God gives each believer at least one gift that they are to us to advance the work that God is doing. After some time, Crystal felt God saying that our gift is that we will go. We are willing to leave behind our stuff and our land, and just go. I believe we knew this in our hearts already, but never so much considered it to be our “gift”. But with so much work to be done to finish bringing the Gospel of Christ to the world, we are confident that God has burdened our hearts for taking His gospel to the world; to places that it hasn’t yet been.
As of today, there are more than 1800 languages that do not have a bible. Most of the people who speak these languages are not able to truly hear the scriptures that God has spoken to the world about the love He has for us all. We believe this to be foundational work that Christ has commissioned his followers to carry out nearly 2000 years ago, and it is a work not yet complete. Matthew 24:14, Jesus says:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole
world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
In response to this, we have felt the call to join in the effort of bible translation, in the hope that every person on earth, from every tribe, every nation, and every tongue will have access to God’s word in a language they understand. We believe that Revelation 7 will be a beautiful scene, but that there is much to be done before this day will come.
With that, we come to you. This task is not a small one, and will likely involve a decade or more of our lives. We simply want to ask that you would join us in prayer over this decision. That you would ask God to help reveal His will for our family, and that His voice would be clear in our hearts. That we would be placed where we could best be used to glorify God's name.
If you would like to be a part of this next chapter in our lives, make sure to send us your contact information on the right side of the screen so we can keep you up to date in the coming weeks and months. And if you are willing to commit to support us through prayer, please let us know that in the message section. We simply cannot do this on our own strength. It takes many people in many roles to accomplish such a task, and your prayers are no small part!